More space is devoted to Yosef than to anything in Torah for two reasons: 1. We learn how G*dâs influence enters the world, 2. We learn how we are supposed to live.
Why does Yehuda come close and speak in both ears? When you come close you need to speak in only one ear. He is saying Let the words go all through your head. Is he a supplicant? Is he threatening?
Yehuda says do not get angry because you are like Pharaoh. Is he saying that Pharaoh is powerful? Or is he saying you are only a man who cannot deliver, and I can destroy you. Yehuda is a lion cub: he is saying I can destroy you, and I can destroy Pharaoh. Yehuda says you asked us if we have a father or a brother, meaning YOU started this.
Yehuda went down, meaning down in the estimation of his brothers. The brothers hadnât realized how devastated Jacob would be when Yosef disappeared. The brothers didnât realized that they hated Joseph; it was subconscious/hidden.
Ancient Jews lived in five dimension: east-west, north-south, up-down, time, good-evil. Everything that exists has a dimension of good and evil. Everything we decide is programmed into the world. If someone cuts me off in traffic, it was his decision, but from my point of view, it is from HaShem.
During the conversation with Joseph, Yehuda is roaring so loudly that the palace is shaking. He stamps his foot and causes an earthquake. Joseph falls off the throne. He calls Manasheh in and he stomps his foot, pulverizing the floor. Yehuda is taken aback. Joseph has the army surround them. Yehuda wonders if this is Yosef. This is the same way that Abraham warred against the four kings and the same way that Shimon and Levy massacred Shechem. The only people who know how to control this kind of power are Jacob and his sons.
Jacob didnât want Benjamin to travel because Ruchel died on the road and Joseph disappeared on the road. He felt that Benjamin could come to harm on the road, too.
Manasheh put his hand on Yehudaâs shoulder, calming him.
All the days means this world and the next world.
Yehuda said he had to bring Bejamin to his father. Then Joseph asked if Jacob was still alive. He is asking why would it kill him if Benjamin comes to grief when it didnât kill him when I came to grief?
We start with Joseph tattling on his brothers and we end of Joseph setting up the conditions by which his brothers can do teshuva. He had no sensitive to others when he was young. His story is about learning to be sensitive to others. He noticed the extra sadness of Pharaohâs ministers. The dreams were about his self-growth, take assets and correct them.
When G*dâs glory is revealed in the world, we will suddenly see the real meaning of everything.
It is reported that Rabbi Schteinaman said that we were supposed to have World War III, but instead we received this financial crisis.
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